Bastet Canopic Jar
Elegant Egyptian designed Bastet container to hold any of your special treasures!
Each jar is made of cold cast bronze with very nice color highlights and details of Egyptian art.
Jar measures 5 inches wide x 8 inches high including the lid.
Bastet or Bast was a most popular goddess of ancient Egypt. She was a cat-headed deity. The domestic cat was revered in ancient Egypt because of its mysterious nature and affinity for its human owners. One of the largest, most joyous and elaborate festivals was held in honor of Bastet in the city of Bubastis. It is estimated that 700,000 people attended this festival every year.
Egyptologists uncovered catacombs of mummified felines in the ruins of the Temple of Bubastis. It was believed the mummies could bring messages to the gods from their owners.
Bastet was called "The Divine Mother".
Her Greek counterpart was the Goddess Artemis, and Roman Goddess Diana.
During the Middle Ages, the name Diana, came to mean "Queen of the Witches" and the cat became identified with witchcraft and goddess worship.
Canopic jars were Egyptian containers for mummification; used by the ancient Egyptians during the mummification process to store and preserve the viscera of their owner for the afterlife.
The jars were four in number, each charged with the safekeeping of particular human organs: the stomach, intestines, lungs, and liver. They were placed inside a canopic chest and buried in tombs together with the sarcophagus of the dead. It was also done because it was believed the dead person would need their organs to help them through the afterlife.